Best universities in the Asia-Pacific region 2018

The top universities in the Asia-Pacific region according to data from Times Higher Education 

June 27 2018
Best universities in the Asia Pacific

Times Higher Education has once again released the Asia-Pacific University Ranking to reflect the region’s growing strength in the higher education sector.

THE’s Asia-Pacific University Ranking 2018 analysed universities across 38 nations in East Asia, Southeast Asia and Oceania. The overall ranking features over 250 universities from 13 different nations. 

The ranking uses the same performance indicators as the THE World University Rankings 2018, however the weightings were adjusted to reflect the younger profile of some of the universities in the region. The full methodology can be found here.

Japan is the most represented nation with 89 universities featured. China is in second place with 63 universities. Other countries with a strong presence in the ranking are Australia (35 universities), Taiwan (31), South Korea (27) and Thailand (10).

The University of Melbourne is again the only university outside Asia to crack the top five, taking third place (one up from last year’s fourth). The other universities featured in the top five are the National University of Singapore (in first place), Tsinghua University (second place), Peking University (third place) and University of Hong Kong, which enters the top five for the first time this year (fifth place).

Scroll down for the full list of top universities in the region

1. National University of Singapore, Singapore

The National University of Singapore is a highly international university with more than half the student body made up of international students. It has overseas colleges in many locations, including Israel, Germany, the US and Sweden. It has also formed collaborations with leading US institutions Duke University and Yale University.

The university has 17 schools across three campuses in Singapore and regularly ranks highly in both the Asia University Rankings and the THE World University Rankings.

The university started as a medical school in 1905 and has since developed into one of Asia’s flagship universities. It was established as the National University of Singapore after the merger of the University of Singapore and Nanyang University in 1980.

2. Tsinghua University, China

Tsinghua University is one of the most selective institutions in the world and a comprehensive research university. Its 20 schools and 54 departments cover disciplines including art, economics, education, engineering, history, management, medicine, law, literature, philosophy and the sciences.

Tsinghua has more than 110 student associations and groups covering five areas: science and technology, physical training, humanities, arts and public welfare.

Tsinghua campus is in northwest Beijing, in the Haidian district, which was traditionally reserved specifically for universities and other academic institutes.

3. Peking University, China

Peking University was founded in 1898 and was the first national university in Chinese modern history. The teaching language for undergraduates is English, while graduate-level programmes are taught in either English or Chinese. It is the leading liberal arts university in China and also has a large mathematics and science faculty. The university consists of 31 colleges and 14 departments.

It has the largest university library in China, containing more than 4 million volumes, including more than 1 million thread-bound Chinese books.

Many of the buildings on campus retain their original Chinese-style design, including traditional houses, gardens and pagodas, as well as many notable historic structures.


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4. University of Melbourne, Australia

The University of Melbourne is a public research institution and Australia’s second-oldest university. Four Australian prime ministers have graduated from the institution and nine Nobel laureates have been associated with it.

The undergraduate curriculum is unusual for Australia since it offers nine generalised three-year degrees instead of more specialised undergraduate courses. This style of teaching has been labelled the “Melbourne Model”. The university also offers postgraduate courses.

Melbourne is one of the leading research universities in Australia and some of the research developed there has been adopted throughout the world. In the 1970s, research at the institution led to the first successful cochlear implant. Since 1984, more than 220,000 people worldwide have received a cochlear implant.

5. University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

The University of Hong Kong jumped one place this year to make it into the top five. It was founded in 1911 but its origins can be traced back to the Hong Kong College of Medicine for Chinese, which was founded in 1887. 

The university is split into 10 academic faculties and English is the main language of teaching. Admission to the university is highly competitive, with approximately only one in every 12 applicants admitted. 

It is increasingly becoming a popular choice for international students, who come from about 83 countries across the world. 


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Top universities in the Asia-Pacific region 2018

Asia-Pacific rank 2018 Asia-Pacific rank 2017 World University rank 2018 University Country/region
1 1 =22 National University of Singapore Singapore
2 4 30 Tsinghua University China
3 2 =27 Peking University China
4 3 32 University of Melbourne Australia
5 6 40 University of Hong Kong Hong Kong
=6 7 44 The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Hong Kong
=6 5 52 Nanyang Technological University, Singapore Singapore
8 8 48 Australian National University Australia
9 10 65 University of Queensland Australia
10 17 58 Chinese University of Hong Kong Hong Kong
11 11 61 University of Sydney Australia
12 9 46 The University of Tokyo Japan
13 12 =80 Monash University Australia
14 14 =74 Seoul National University South Korea
=15 13 =95 Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) South Korea
=15 16 85 University of New South Wales Australia
17 22 =74 Kyoto University Japan
18 15 =137 Pohang University of Science and Technology South Korea
19 19 =111 University of Western Australia Australia
20 21 =111 Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU) South Korea
21 18 =119 City University of Hong Kong Hong Kong
22 20 =134 University of Adelaide Australia
23 23 132 University of Science and Technology of China China
24 25 116 Fudan University China
25 34 =169 Nanjing University China
26 29 =177 Zhejiang University China
=27 24 192 University of Auckland New Zealand
=27 27 =182 Hong Kong Polytechnic University Hong Kong
=29 28 =188 Shanghai Jiao Tong University China
=29 NR 201–250 Yonsei University (Seoul campus) South Korea
=31 32 201–250 Queensland University of Technology Australia
=31 26 201–250 University of Technology, Sydney Australia
33 NR 201–250 Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology South Korea
34 36 201–250 University of South Australia Australia
35 30 201–250 Korea University South Korea
36 31 201–250 University of Otago New Zealand
37 33 =198 National Taiwan University Taiwan
38 =43 201–250 James Cook University Australia
39 46 201–250 Osaka University Japan
40 =38 251–300 Macquarie University Australia
41 40 251–300 University of Wollongong Australia
42 35 251–300 University of Newcastle Australia
43 =43 251–300 Griffith University Australia
44 37 201–250 Tohoku University Japan
45 42 251–300 Tokyo Institute of Technology Japan
46 50 301–350 Nagoya University Japan
47 64 301–350 Flinders University Australia
48 48 301–350 University of Tasmania Australia
49 =38 301–350 Charles Darwin University Australia
50 47 301–350 National Tsing Hua University Taiwan
51 52 351–400 Hanyang University South Korea
52 49 301–350 Deakin University Australia
53 45 351–400 Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology South Korea
54 55 301–350 Victoria University Australia
55 51 401–500 Kyung Hee University South Korea
=56 =58 351–400 La Trobe University Australia
=56 57 401–500 National Taiwan University of Science and Technology (Taiwan Tech) Taiwan
58 =65 351–400 Sun Yat-sen University China
59 54 351–400 University of Canterbury New Zealand
60 =67 401–500 Wuhan University China
61 NR 351–400 University of Malaya Malaysia
=62 61 351–400 University of Macau Macao
=62 =58 401–500 Victoria University of Wellington New Zealand
64 =81 351–400 University of Canberra Australia
65 78 351–400 University of Waikato New Zealand
66 =69 351–400 Curtin University Australia
=67 =62 351–400 Kyushu University Japan
=67 53 401–500 National Chiao Tung University Taiwan
69 60 401–500 Swinburne University of Technology Australia
=70 =62 401–500 Murdoch University Australia
=70 =69 401–500 Western Sydney University Australia
72 79 401–500 Chung-Ang University South Korea
73 80 401–500 Tongji University China
=74 76 401–500 Hokkaido University Japan
=74 =67 401–500 Hong Kong Baptist University Hong Kong
76 =81 401–500 Huazhong University of Science and Technology China
77 =65 501–600 National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) Taiwan
78 72 401–500 Tokyo Medical and Dental University (TMDU) Japan
=79 90 501–600 Harbin Institute of Technology China
=79 =73 401–500 RMIT University Australia
81 75 401–500 University of Tsukuba Japan
82 =92 401–500 Southern Cross University Australia
83 94 501–600 Tianjin University China
=84 101–110 401–500 Auckland University of Technology New Zealand
=84 =73 501–600 Ewha Womans University South Korea
86 =87 501–600 Southeast University China
87 96 501–600 Edith Cowan University Australia
=88 84 501–600 China Medical University, Taiwan Taiwan
=88 =87 501–600 Soochow University China
90 85 401–500 Massey University New Zealand
91 99 501–600 National Taiwan Normal University Taiwan
92 NR 501–600 Central China Normal University China
=93 NR 501–600 Shandong University China
=93 83 501–600 University of Ulsan South Korea
95 77 501–600 Central Queensland University Australia
96 =97 401–500 Xiamen University China
97 101–110 501–600 South China University of Technology China
=98 NR 501–600 Fujita Health University Japan
=98 101–110 601–800 Taipei Medical University Taiwan
=100 111–120 501–600 Australian Catholic University Australia
=100 71 501–600 Lincoln University New Zealand
101–110 NR 601–800 Beihang University China
101–110 =97 501–600 Bond University Australia
101–110 91 501–600 East China Normal University China
101–110 95 601–800 East China University of Science and Technology China
101–110 131–140 501–600 Konkuk University South Korea
101–110 101–110 501–600 Mahidol University Thailand
101–110 100 601–800 Pusan National University South Korea
101–110 89 501–600 Renmin University of China China
101–110 101–110 501–600 University of the Sunshine Coast Australia
101–110 =92 501–600 Xi’an Jiaotong University China
111–120 121–130 601–800 Beijing Institute of Technology China
111–120 101–110 601–800 China Agricultural University China
111–120 111–120 601–800 Dalian University of Technology China
111–120 101–110 601–800 Hiroshima University Japan
111–120 111–120 601–800 National Yang-Ming University Taiwan
111–120 101–110 501–600 Sejong University South Korea
111–120 101–110 601–800 Sogang University South Korea
111–120 86 501–600 Tokyo Metropolitan University Japan
111–120 NR 501–600 Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR) Malaysia
121–130 NR 601–800 China University of Geosciences, Beijing China
121–130 NR 601–800 Huazhong Agricultural University China
121–130 141–150 601–800 Hunan University China
121–130 111–120 601–800 Keio University Japan
121–130 111–120 601–800 King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi Thailand
121–130 111–120 601–800 Nanjing Medical University China
121–130 101–110 601–800 National Sun Yat-Sen University Taiwan
121–130 121–130 601–800 Sichuan University China
121–130 121–130 601–800 Universiti Teknologi Malaysia Malaysia
121–130 131–140 601–800 Universiti Teknologi Petronas Malaysia
131–140 NR 601–800 The University of Aizu Japan
131–140 181–190 601–800 Central South University China
131–140 121–130 601–800 Chang Gung University Taiwan
131–140 111–120 601–800 Chiba University Japan
131–140 NR 601–800 Fuzhou University China
131–140 121–130 601–800 Nanjing Agricultural University China
131–140 111–120 601–800 National Central University Taiwan
131–140 131–140 601–800 Northwestern Polytechnical University China
131–140 121–130 601–800 Universiti Putra Malaysia Malaysia
131–140 131–140 601–800 Waseda University Japan
141–150 121–130 801–1000 China University of Petroleum, Beijing China
141–150 131–140 601–800 Inha University South Korea
141–150 141–150 601–800 Juntendo University Japan
141–150 111–120 601–800 Kanazawa University Japan
141–150 151–160 601–800 Kaohsiung Medical University Taiwan
141–150 131–140 601–800 Kobe University Japan
141–150 191–200 601–800 Nanjing Tech University China
141–150 131–140 601–800 Northeast Normal University China
141–150 141–150 601–800 University of Southern Queensland Australia
141–150 131–140 601–800 Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology Japan
151–160 121–130 601–800 China University of Geosciences, Wuhan China
151–160 141–150 601–800 Chulalongkorn University Thailand
151–160 161–170 601–800 Nanjing Normal University China
151–160 171–180 801–1000 National Taipei University of Technology Taiwan
151–160 141–150 801–1000 Northeastern University China
151–160 201+ 601–800 University of the Philippines Philippines
151–160 141–150 601–800 Universiti Sains Malaysia Malaysia
151–160 141–150 601–800 University of Science and Technology Beijing China
151–160 151–160 601–800 Shantou University China
151–160 111–120 601–800 Yeungnam University South Korea
161–170 161–170 601–800 Chonbuk National University South Korea
161–170 161–170 601–800 Chonnam National University South Korea
161–170 NR 601–800 Kagawa University Japan
161–170 151–160 601–800 Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Malaysia
161–170 141–150 601–800 Nagoya City University Japan
161–170 141–150 601–800 Okayama University Japan
161–170 171–180 601–800 Suranaree University of Technology Thailand
161–170 NR 801–1000 Universiti Tenaga Nasional (UNITEN) Malaysia
161–170 151–160 601–800 Tokyo University of Science Japan
161–170 141–150 601–800 Yokohama City University Japan
171–180 151–160 601–800 Capital Medical University China
171–180 201+ 801–1000 University of Electronic Science and Technology of China China
171–180 131–140 601–800 Kochi University Japan
171–180 131–140 601–800 Kumamoto University Japan
171–180 161–170 601–800 Kyungpook National University South Korea
171–180 201+ 601–800 National Chengchi University Taiwan
171–180 151–160 801–1000 National Taiwan Ocean University Taiwan
171–180 121–130 601–800 Osaka City University Japan
171–180 181–190 601–800 Shanghai University China
171–180 151–160 801–1000 Tokushima University Japan
181–190 171–180 801–1000 Asia University, Taiwan Taiwan
181–190 NR 801–1000 Beijing Jiaotong University China
181–190 171–180 801–1000 Chongqing University China
181–190 161–170 801–1000 Chung Yuan Christian University Taiwan
181–190 NR 801–1000 National Dong Hwa University Taiwan
181–190 181–190 801–1000 Ocean University of China China
181–190 201+ 601–800 University of Seoul South Korea
181–190 NR 801–1000 Shiga University of Medical Science Japan
181–190 181–190 801–1000 Yokohama National University Japan
181–190 171–180 801–1000 Yuan Ze University Taiwan
191–200 151–160 801–1000 Ajou University South Korea
191–200 161–170 801–1000 Chiang Mai University Thailand
191–200 NR 801–1000 The University of Electro-Communications Japan
191–200 141–150 801–1000 Feng Chia University Taiwan
191–200 201+ 801–1000 University of Indonesia Indonesia
191–200 171–180 801–1000 Jikei University School of Medicine Japan
191–200 191–200 801–1000 Jinan University China
191–200 NR 801–1000 National University of Tainan Taiwan
191–200 NR 801–1000 Northwest University China
191–200 191–200 801–1000 Xiangtan University China
201–250 201+ 801–1000 Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB) Indonesia
201–250 NR 1001+ Bogor Agricultural University Indonesia
201–250 191–200 801–1000 China University of Mining and Technology China
201–250 201+ 801–1000 Chungnam National University South Korea
201–250 191–200 801–1000 Chuo University Japan
201–250 121–130 801–1000 Ehime University Japan
201–250 201+ 801–1000 Fu Jen Catholic University Taiwan
201–250 NR 801–1000 Universitas Gadjah Mada Indonesia
201–250 191–200 801–1000 Gifu University Japan
201–250 201+ 801–1000 Hallym University South Korea
201–250 NR 801–1000 Hamamatsu University School of Medicine Japan
201–250 201+ 801–1000 Hosei University Japan
201–250 NR 801–1000 Huaqiao University China
201–250 201+ 801–1000 I-Shou University Taiwan
201–250 201+ 801–1000 Iwate University Japan
201–250 201+ 801–1000 Jiangsu University China
201–250 NR 801–1000 Kagoshima University Japan
201–250 NR 801–1000 Kansai Medical University Japan
201–250 191–200 801–1000 Khon Kaen University Thailand
201–250 171–180 801–1000 Kindai University Japan
201–250 161–170 801–1000 King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang Thailand
201–250 NR 801–1000 Kitasato University Japan
201–250 201+ 801–1000 Kyushu Institute of Technology (Kyutech) Japan
201–250 201+ 801–1000 Meiji University Japan
201–250 NR 801–1000 Mie University Japan
201–250 NR 801–1000 University of Miyazaki Japan
201–250 181–190 801–1000 Nagaoka University of Technology Japan
201–250 181–190 801–1000 Nagasaki University Japan
201–250 171–180 801–1000 Nagoya Institute of Technology Japan
201–250 NR 801–1000 Nara Medical University Japan
201–250 161–170 801–1000 National Chung Cheng University Taiwan
201–250 NR 801–1000 National Taipei University Taiwan
201–250 181–190 801–1000 Niigata University Japan
201–250 NR 801–1000 NorthWest A&F University China
201–250 191–200 801–1000 Osaka Prefecture University Japan
201–250 191–200 801–1000 Prince of Songkla University Thailand
201–250 NR 801–1000 Saga University Japan
201–250 191–200 801–1000 Saitama University Japan
201–250 191–200 801–1000 Saitama Medical University Japan
201–250 NR 801–1000 Seoul National University of Science and Technology (SeoulTech) South Korea
201–250 201+ 801–1000 Shaanxi Normal University China
201–250 171–180 801–1000 Shinshu University Japan
201–250 201+ 801–1000 Showa University Japan
201–250 201+ 801–1000 Sophia University Japan
201–250 201+ 1001+ Southwest Jiaotong University China
201–250 191–200 801–1000 Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology Japan
201–250 181–190 801–1000 University of Toyama Japan
201–250 161–170 801–1000 Toyohashi University of Technology (TUT) Japan
201–250 201+ 801–1000 Wuhan University of Technology China
201–250 181–190 801–1000 Xidian University China
201–250 171–180 801–1000 Yamagata University Japan
201–250 181–190 801–1000 University of Yamanashi Japan
251+ NR 1001+ Akita University Japan
251+ NR 1001+ Chaoyang University of Technology Taiwan
251+ 201+ 1001+ Chiba Institute of Technology Japan
251+ 201+ 1001+ Doshisha University Japan
251+ NR 1001+ University of Fukui Japan
251+ NR 1001+ Guangxi University China
251+ NR 1001+ University of Hyogo Japan
251+ NR 1001+ Ibaraki University Japan
251+ NR 1001+ Kanagawa University Japan
251+ 201+ 1001+ Kansai University Japan
251+ 201+ 801–1000 Kasetsart University Thailand
251+ NR 1001+ King Mongkut’s University of Technology North Bangkok Thailand
251+ NR 1001+ Kogakuin University Japan
251+ 201+ 1001+ Kwansei Gakuin University Japan
251+ NR 801–1000 Kyoto Institute of Technology Japan
251+ NR 1001+ Meijo University Japan
251+ 201+ 1001+ Ming Chuan University Taiwan
251+ NR 1001+ National Chiayi University Taiwan
251+ NR 1001+ National University of Kaohsiung Taiwan
251+ 201+ 1001+ Oita University Japan
251+ 201+ 801–1000 Ritsumeikan University Japan
251+ NR 1001+ Shanghai Maritime University China
251+ 201+ 1001+ Shibaura Institute of Technology Tokyo Japan
251+ 201+ 801–1000 Shimane University Japan
251+ 201+ 801–1000 Shizuoka University Japan
251+ 201+ 1001+ Tamkang University Taiwan
251+ 201+ 801–1000 Tokai University Japan
251+ 201+ 1001+ Tokyo City University Japan
251+ 201+ 1001+ Tokyo Denki University Japan
251+ 201+ 1001+ Tottori University Japan
251+ NR 1001+ Toyo University Japan
251+ 201+ 1001+ Universiti Utara Malaysia Malaysia
251+ 201+ 1001+ Utsunomiya University Japan
251+ 201+ 801–1000 Yamaguchi University Japan

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